22 Wing North Bay
Who we are
22 Wing North Bay, also known as the Canadian Air Defence Sector (CADS), is responsible for providing surveillance, identification, control and warning for the aerospace defence of Canada and North America at the Sector Air Operations Centre.
This surveillance and identification of all air traffic approaching North America (some 200,000 flights per year) is accomplished using radar information received via satellite from the North Warning System across the Canadian Arctic, coastal radars on the east and west coasts of Canada, and Airborne Warning and Control System Aircraft.
All Aircraft penetrating this radar coverage are detected and identified by the personnel of 21 Aerospace Control and Warning Squadron (AC&W Sqn), who are always on guard 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Unidentified Aircraft, Aircraft in distress, or Aircraft suspected of conducting illegal activities may be intercepted by CF-18 fighters.
Critical information on air sovereignty events is forwarded to the North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) in Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, where it is in turn passed on to the command authorities, the President of the United States and the Prime Minister of Canada, to decide on the appropriate responses.
Due to this binational nature of the NORAD agreement, some 33 American personnel belonging to the USAF's 1 Air Force Detachment 2 in the Canadian Sector Air Operations (SAOC). Training of the personnel who perform the air sovereignty mission is done by 51 AC&W (Operational Training) Squadron, an integral unit of 22 Wing.
22 Wing is located at Canadian Forces Base North Bay.
Read about the history of 22 Wing North Bay.
- 21 Aerospace Control and Warning Squadron
- 51 Aerospace Control and Warning Operational Training Squadron
- Detachment 2, First Air Force (United States Air Force)
- 22 Wing Air Reserve Flight
- No aircraft
Colonel Henrik N. Smith, CD
Chief Warrant Officer John Short
News Article / December 2, 2016 Commander RCAF addresses Senate Committee
News Article / December 1, 2016 Statement from the family and fiancée of Captain Thomas McQueen
News Article / December 1, 2016 The Government of Canada’s investment in the RCAF
News Article / November 30, 2016 NORAD is ready to track Santa’s flight
News Article / November 30, 2016
22 Wing Public Affairs officer
22 Wing North Bay
Hornell Heights, Ontario POH 1PO
Main Switchboard: 705-494-2011